The Washington Public Library will hold weekly events for children through the fall and winter.
Preschool story time will be held every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m. now through Oct. 5. Stories, songs and crafting will be available for ages 3-6. Fridays will be a repeat of Tuesday’s story time.
Tot Time will be held every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. now through Oct. 4. Stories, songs and fingerplays will be available for children under the age of 3.
The library also will hold monthly programs for children and teens to participate in throughout the fall.
Chess Night will be held every second Tuesday and fourth Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. for all ages and abilities. An instructor will be in attendance.
The dates for the event are as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 11; Thursday, Sept. 27; Tuesday, Oct. 9; Thursday Oct. 25; Tuesday, Nov. 13; Tuesday Dec. 11; and Thursday, Dec. 27.
Volun-Teens will meet second Wednesday for ages 12 and up from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The dates include: Sept. 12, Oct. 17 (third Wednesday), Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.
The Legos Club will meet every third Tuesday for ages 6 and up from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The library will supply the Legos. Creations will be featured in the library case. The club dates are Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
Wagging Tales will be held every first Monday starting in October from 5-6 p.m. Readers will partner up with a Franklin County Humane Society volunteer and a dog to read to. The reading opportunities will be Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3.
For fans of board games and Wii gaming, every third Thursday the library will host a You Got Game event for ages 10 and up from 3:15-4:45 p.m. The events will be Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20.
The annual Tween Lock-in will be held Friday, Sept. 14, for ages 9-12. Registration has already begun. The event will last from 6-11 p.m.
The library will hold a coding event Thursday, Sept. 20, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for pre-readers to elementary school age children.
The library has purchased a selection of science, technology, engineering and math toys that have been designed to teach the basics of coding in a fun way.
A Painted Pumpkin Party will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17, to celebrate the season by providing pie-sized pumpkins with paint and other items from the library’s craft closet for ages 6 and up to decorate. There is a limit of 30 and registration begins Monday, Oct. 8.
A Teen Trivia Spookfest is planned for Friday, Oct. 19, from 6-8 p.m. for ages 12 and up. The library will provides a trivia contest, ice cream sundae bar and prizes for best costume, table decorations and general attendance.
Teams will consist of four to eight people. Registration begins Monday, Oct. 8.
Pumpkin Palooza in Downtown Washington will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Children’s Librarian Ruth McInnis will share silly spooky stories at the corner of Elm and Main streets.
The library will hold a screening of “The Incredibles” Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. Mask making will start at 9:30 a.m. Superhero attire is encouraged.
An Ornament-Making Night will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27. It will give everyone a chance to spruce up the library Christmas tree.
At the event, participants also will be able to create ornaments to take home. All of the supplies will be provided as well as seasonal cookies and warm beverages. The event will last from 6-7:30 p.m.
The library will host a Winter Family Fort Night Friday, Dec. 28, at 5:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring fort-making materials such as blankets, tablecloths and sheets along with a flashlight for reading. There also will be a pajama story time and s’mores.
Pete the Cat will countdown to noon Monday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. to noon for a “noon” year’s eve celebration complete with dancing, noisemakers and party food.